I made it back, safe and sound. We had quite a bit of rain during this “camping” trip, but we still got plenty of work done. Over all we had a good time, and even got some much-needed rest. I figured I’d take a second and explain this camping stuff to you. This wasn’t a trip, this was work, but it was fun and for a good cause.
This week-end was an “all groups work week-end” at Wonderland Camp. Wonderland Camp is a camp for disabled people, of all ages and all forms of disabilities. I don’t really have all of the specifics down, so I will provide the missions statement from their website. (Please check out the web-site, if anything to get all of the correct information.)
Wonderland Camp Mission Statement
The mission of Wonderland Camp is to provide a fun, educational camp experience for children, teenagers, and adults who are physically and mentally challenged, to offer a respite from daily care giving for family members and healthcare workers and to provide and nurture a personal development experience for volunteers and staff.
I’ve never been at the camp while “camp” was going on, but I will tell you what I’ve seen during our clean-up, wintering and set-up sessions that I’ve been a part of. The camp has about six double cabins, each of which can hold about 18 campers. Each cabin has a thermostat, for heat or air, running water that includes toilets, showers, sinks, washing machine and dryer. Every building is equipped with wheelchair accessible ramps, and all of the showers and bathrooms are handicap accessible also. This camp is situated above a lake front that one could drive down to in about 30-45 seconds, but this is too steep for wheelchairs. So, there is also a wheelchair grade ramp that leads from the camp to the lake. It winds back and forth for down the hill, covering close to a mile. (This may be off, cause to a big boy like me it feels like a mile. It may be less.)
There is a playground at the end of the lot that has rides that are also wheelchair accessible. Next to the “mess hall” is a swimming pool, with $10,000 “state of the art splash pad” that is all, also, wheelchair accessible. The coolest thing, in my opinion, is the tree house they have, and guess what? That’s right, it’s wheelchair accessible. This thing is so cool I forget about my fear of heights while I’m in it. I haven’t seen this first hand but I’ve heard that at times they’ve tied a large white sheet, out in the tree, and projected a movie onto it, for all of the campers to watch.
The Missouri Jaycees have been involved with Wonderland Camp since May of 1970. The majority of the work we do consists of maintenance and other forms of upkeep. The projects that I was a part of included, covering the pool, putting up the poolside furniture and life jackets, covering two pontoon boats (probably the wrong way) and hauling several paddle boats and picnic tables up out of the weather.
This camp is extra special, and it gives us an opportunity to come together with friends that we haven’t seen for a while, and to also to make new friends. It was a wonderful time, with wonderful people, all had at Wonderland Camp.
Now, for the update. I have decided to go ahead and sign up for NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. This will take place in November, along with my epic mustache growing. If anyone would like to be my “writing buddy” look me up. I’m signed up under BroJo. Thanks for the shortened nickname needs to go to Sara and Brigitte. It’s nice to have other name possibilities, especially when someone else has the gall to use “Brother Jon”.